Brad Pitt and the director Joe Kosinski will very soon manage to set up a project which had not been completed in 2013, finally giving birth to Le Mans 66. It would always be about a film of motor races, of which the participation of the pilot Lewis Hamilton is also confirmed.
Brad Pitt in the cast, Lewis Hamilton also mentioned
We didn’t have much news in the cinema from director Joseph Kosinski. After the science fiction film with Tom Cruise oblivion released in 2013, the director was very busy with the sequel to Top Gun which should finally arrive next May. Brad Pitt, for his part, was already trying in 2013 to play a racing driver under the camera of the American director.
The project would have eventually changed hands, then mutated to become the film directed by James Mangold starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, Le Mans 66. But the actor and the director would not have given up on their idea. and would be (according to Deadline) very close to embarking on a new F1 film together, of which we do not know anything about the script for the moment.
More surprising, Lewis Hamilton’s participation was attached to the project. It is still too early to know if the professional pilot will work as a technical advisor or if he will land his first film role, alongside a Hollywood star like Brad Pitt. Anything is possible, especially when you know that Hamilton has already appeared in a few cameos and has already served as a producer on several films (Coaches 2, Coaches 3 and the rest of Zoolander).
The biggest studios are snapping up the project
Note that the veteran Jerry Bruckheimer, big blockbuster maker of the 80s / 90s, would resume service as a producer. While waiting to learn more, starting with a title, It should be noted that a “war” is underway to wrest the rights to the film between various majors and streaming giants. We are talking about Paramount, MGM, Sony, Universal but also Netflix, Apple and Amazon.
To understand such enthusiasm, remember that Le Mans 66 performed nicely at the global box office, grossing a total of around $ 225 million, on a budget of less than $ 100. It even had the luxury of snagging several technical Oscars at the 92nd Oscar ceremony in February 2020 The possibility of doing just as well, on a similar theme, has enough to make salivate all the powerful of the current film industry. It remains to be seen which one will come out on top.